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The Gerjuoy Legacy

If you are a gardener, wildlife enthusiast or interested in environmental topics, you may have picked up a book or CD purchased through the Jacqueline Reid Gerjuoy Nature and Environment Resources fund at the Library.

The endowed fund, which was created almost a decade ago by her husband Dr. Edward Gerjuoy (Ed passed away in January 2018 at the age of 99), provides annual income to purchase books and materials in subject areas that were important to Jacqueline. The collection include materials on nature, conservation, gardening, green living, pollution, social policy, education, climate, energy, natural resources, science and health and wellness that delight and inspire readers.

“Libraries are something that both Jac and I have always been devoted to,” said Dr. Gerjuoy in 2009 when he established the fund. “When it came time to ensure that Jac’s memory lived on, I wanted to reach as many people as possible. The Library was an obvious choice.”

Thanks to Ed’s generosity and Jac’s passion for nature and the environment, the Library has purchased more than 1,000 titles over the years that are enjoyed by library customers throughout our region.

According to Ed, Jacqueline loved all aspects of the outdoors and her life was marked by trips to the Galapagos Islands, Africa, the Grand Canyon, the Andes mountains and even several white water rafting trip down the Youghiogheny River.

“Jac liked to experience nature in the wild, as much as she possibly could,” said Dr. Gerjuoy. “I think it would please her to be remembered in the way I have chosen with the special gift to the Library.”

To learn more about how you can create a legacy, please contact Anne Lee at 412-622-6276 or

Anne Lee, Manager of Special Gifts and Planned Giving
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Office of External and Government Relations

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